For a First-Rate Democracy, Pass on Ranked-Choice Voting
In 2021, I used ranked-choice voting for the first time in our local election in Salt Lake City. It was different, shiny and new.
But overall, ranked-choice voting is like eating an apple with half a worm in it. The more you learn, the worse it really is.
When it comes to participation, access, fairness, and the importance of our elections, it’s clear that ranked-choice voting is nothing more than a second-best option. Ranked-choice voting turns winners into losers, it silences the voice of people who don’t have time to research every candidate, and it reduces confidence in our elections at a time when we need more of it.